Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This is the quintessential old-Lisbon apartment, perfect for anyone seeking to experience the true feel of the city.
You will be staying in the 17th-century Lapa neighbourhood, a central, quiet residential area with cafes, restaurants and museums. Within a 15-minute walking distance to the heart of Lisbon, it is the ideal base for exploring the city’s highlights by day (the riverfront, Chiado, Baixa, Alfama and the castle) and night (the restaurants and bars of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré), joining the trendy locals.
A protected late-19th-century building with all the distinct Lisbonesque architectural details, from the glazed-tile (azulejo) facades to the long, wrought-iron-railing balconies, from the tall French windows to the stone-framed kitchen fireplaces.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Costa de Caparica, Cascais, Guincho, Ericeira 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 13 km, Nearest railway: Cais do Sodré 1.8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Orta House, 100 sqm big, is owned and was renovated by an architect. The apartment's unique feature is its layout, taking up the whole third floor, with all rooms distributed along the four sides of the building.
Lisbon's particular sunlight and vistas – the colourful streets mounting the hills, the wide river and the iconic red suspension bridge – penetrate the house throughout the day, infusing a special atmosphere.
Full renovation brought in all the modern-day features (wood-frame double-glazed windows, fully-fitted and equipped kitchen and bathroom, central heating) while keeping with the traditional materials (solid-board wood floors, wood doors and shutters).
The quirky chic decoration is a markedly personal mix of contemporary design and traditional pieces, reflecting the owner's taste for collecting objects of past everydays. It will take Lisbon's very own charms to convince you to leave the house in the morning!
• Children are very welcome, although you should be prepared for a third floor with no lift.
• The double room has one double bed (140cm wide)
• The twin room has two single beds (each 80cm wide) that can also easily join and be used as a double bed.
• Fully equipped kitchen ideal for longer stays and family dinners.
• Furnished study area.
• The host or his English-speaking representative will be on hand to answer any questions and give you insider tips.
• Wi-fi internet connection throughout.
• There is no lift in the building.
The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region
Lisbon is one of the oldest, most characteristic and most charming capitals of Europe. Today, it bears testimony to its past, be it Roman (with a buried theatre and underground thermal baths), Medieval Moorish (the intricate fabric of neighbourhoods such as Alfama and Mouraria), Medieval Christian (the castle and cathedral) or Modern (the renaissance and baroque churches and monasteries, the neoclassical squares and entire quarters).
Lisbon now “mixes majesty and shabbiness in equal measure, and its hallmark is an energy that flows through its streets” (i-escape), with galleries, museums, theatres, shops, restaurants and clubs that add new layers to this ever-surprising kaleidoscope of styles, places and peoples. Lisbon’s centre is best experienced by walking its meandering streets and alleys, hopping on a tram or public lift (elevador), sitting outside in a café in the sun, on a square or up on of its belvederes, or inside a cosy bar tasting a glass of Port wine and a sample of the renowned Portuguese pastry.
Sitting at the mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo), to whose mirror-like surface the city owes its special light, Lisboa is at the centre of an area with multiple points of interest: nearby Belém, with its museums, the monastery, the cultural centre and the famous custard pasties; Cascais and Sintra, each deserving day trips; the beaches on the coast south of the city (Caparica and the Costa Azul); the coast to the north (Guincho and Ericeira for surfing, Torres Vedras for golf, Nazaré for the scenery); and, further afield, important world heritage sites such as Évora, Alcobaça, Batalha and Tomar.
Situated on the southern edge of Lapa, the apartment sits right next to two other characteristic Lisbon neighbourhoods: Santos, the riverfront area now dubbed ‘design district’ for its design shops, bars and galleries, and Madragoa, a tightly-knit old fishermen’s quarter home to some fine restaurants on picturesque streets.
In the immediate vicinity, the fine-arts museum (Arte Antiga), the Orient museum and the Houses of Parliament await your visit. Our road is served by tram number 25, which can take you up to the Estrela area (the famous baroque basilica – climb the cupola! – and shady park, ideal for kids) or down to Baixa, the traditional commercial core of Lisbon.
A 10-minute-walk will take you to the famous tram 28, which stops at Bairro Alto (for restaurants and nightlife, the Bica public lift and the Santa Catarina belvedere, where you can witness the most amazing sunsets), Chiado (for theatres, museums and shops), Baixa, Castelo (the castle, with the old town at your feet), Alfama (the stunning medieval town – check out the Fado restaurants!) and Graça (where the monastery, the flea market behind it and the national pantheon all deserve a visit). Even for locals, this is always an amazing ride, and you don’t have to visit anything to simply enjoy it! All along the way, as throughout the city, you can always stop in a pastelaria (café) and do what any Lisboner does several times a day: have a little espresso coffee and a sweet!
You will find transport links at your doorstep to Belém (a 15 min. tram ride along the river, check out the riverside park, great for kids), Estoril and Cascais (a 30 min. train ride right on the sea shore for the beaches, the casino and beautiful villages).
The owner will share further insider tips on the city so that you can experience Lisbon like a real Lisboner!
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7 Mar 2014
We have been fortunate to stay in many vacation rentals over the years, and Orta House is one of the best. A true measure of a great vvacation rental is the comfort of feeling that you are walking in… More
7 Oct 2013
"A home from home in Lisbon"
I stayed at Orta House with my partner and then alone, and I found it a wonderful home during my time in Lisbon. I loved the location, with great local amenities and easy to get into the centre, but a… More
18 Jun 2013
"A colourful, comfortable get-away in a great location"
An amazing and special apartment that is colourful and light. The owner, Ricardo, has done a fantastic job making Orta House feel both modern and comfortable, providing a well-equipped kitchen, excell… More
2 May 2013
"Local life in Lisboa"
The Orta house location was perfect for immersing myself into the daily life and culture of Lisboa. The many shops, restaurants, and cafes, plus close access to all means of public transportation made it quick and easy to get to all the tourist attractions, while experiencing an authentic Portuguese neighborhood. The flat is spacious and light filled. The fully fitted out apartment and 3rd floor (walk-up) level makes it most suitable for extended stays, rather than a short stay of a single week or a few nights. I stayed at Orta house for 3 months over the winter, and found it comfortable and cosy. I especially enjoyed shopping in the markets and cooking in the bright, well-equipped kitchen. The study space is wonderful for working in. Hanging wash to dry in the fresh sea breeze while listening to the sound of the tram rattle by and viewing the expanse of red tile rooftops, April 25th bridge, and Cristo Rei statue were unique experiences that made me feel very much at 'home' and a part of everyday neighborhood life. The owner, Ricardo, was very helpful and readily available to assist with any needs that arose.
27 Apr 2013
"Authentic Lisbon, spacious, light filled and stylishly decorated. We really felt at home here."
We stayed in Orta house for a week in April 2013 with 2 young children (2 & 4). We found Ricardo's apartment to be an amazing base to explore Lisbon and also a great place for all of us to '… More
8 Jan 2013
"A place to fall in love with"
I stayed in the Orta House for a week in December with my partner and it was a wonderful stay. Treats and a happy face welcomed us and the attention to detail by the landlord made our holiday in Lisbon an unforgettable experience.
The neighbourhood, in walking distance to the centre, provided a quiet local feel that felt as if we were living there. It was the perfect way to experience the authentic Lisbon.
We especially liked the character and style of the flat with its fantastic light and views of the colourful streets and rooftops, it was hard to leave the breakfast table in the morning. It is a very well equipped flat, with all mod cons where nothing was missing.
I would recommend this apartment to anyone from couples to families and groups of friends at it is a spacious and allows for many different areas to relax in after a long day walking over the hills of the city.
7 Jan 2013
"Want to come back soon!"
Lisbon is a pleasant city and Orta House is the perfect place to enjoy it. Beautiful apartment, excellent location, plenty of light during the day and very quiet in the night. Everything as of the photos and description. We loved our home. Ricardo, the owner, helped a lot with information, maps, tips and stories about Portugal. Couldn't be any better. Want to come back soon and this is going to be our home again.
3 Jan 2013
"Lisbon at it´s most authentic curated by great taste & style"
My friend Catalina and I stayed at the Orta house for a week in October. It was our first time in Lisbon and we couldn´t have stayed at a better place. The apartment is amazing, spacious, full of light and a wrap around balcony that gives you an amazing view. The bathroom is large as well with great water pressure, something I appreciate a lot when traveling. The kitchen is also wonderful, with stone details that make it authentic, and the rooms are also full of light when wanted as well as ample. The location was perfect, walking distance to many restaurants and bars, and close to great places for runs in the mornings, either on the river or up the hills. A couple small groceries within a block and a supermarket about 3 blocks away, great breakfast spots and local hangouts. Like I said this was a great place to stay, central location, great amenities and in a beautiful somewhat off the beaten path neighborhood.
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